Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Intensive Care Unit: Application of High-Reliability Principles

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Abstract

This department column highlights translation of research into healthcare quality practice. Achieving the highest quality in healthcare requires organizations to understand care delivery and to proactively mitigate risks in care delivery processes. The purpose of this article is to describe a quality initiative that used principles of high reliability to develop a zero tolerance culture for central line–associated bloodstream infections in an intensive care unit at an independent, nonprofit acute care community hospital.

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